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Rust Vol. 1: A Visitor in the Field Hardcover – December 13, 2011

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Pursued by a massive robot, a boy flies his jet pack into the life of Roman Taylor, and, after a desperate battle to fell the automaton, Roman realizes that rebuilding and reprogramming the machine is the key to saving his failing farm. Meanwhile, young pilot Jet Jones is surely more than he appears, as he claims to have fought in a war between man and machine that ended decades ago. Though it takes place in “the present,” the World War I aesthetic of the flashbacks places it in a rural everywhen, and the sepia-toned art, with its pulp-inspired robots and jet packs and its modern faces and figures, effectively borrows from a century’s worth of influences. Roman’s struggle is sharply portrayed with minimal words, allowing the art to carry much of the emotion while delivering clear and thrilling action sequences. Though it feels like just the tip of a much larger story to come, it will be much enjoyed by readers of lyrical fantasy adventures like Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn (2009). Grades 4-8. --Jesse Karp

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Royden was born at very young age on the Canadian prairies of Manitoba. He grew up the son of an oil painter and a farmer and he’s been drawing since he could hold a pencil. Royden failed his 12th grade Art class for drawing comics instead of assignments, and was kicked out of 10th grade Math for animating in the corner of his textbook. He now writes and illustrates childrens books and graphic novels while working full time as an animator in the Seattle games industry. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Ruth.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Rust (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; 1St Edition edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393275
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ashertopia VINE VOICE on December 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After a war fought by robots on behalf of their human masters, a post-war farmer and tinkerer works on salvaged robot parts to make ends meet. It's an idyllic setting for a sepia story until a rocket boy lands in his field along with a towering war mech and they start fighting each other.

You know something is different about Rust when you start reading and find the title page after 30 pages of prologue about the war and during that prologue only 10 words total are spoken. Rust relies so much on art to tell its story that at times I found myself lost in this beautifully illustrated world.

When Rust does use words, it does so in such an unusual but natural way. Most of the narrative early in the book, and peppered throughout, come from the main character's letters that he writes to his unseen "Dad" which brings a nostalgia and immediate sense of personal loss to the story that I could immediately empathize with.

A note about the hardcover edition: I've never seen a more attractive binding on a graphic novel! The hardback cover is rust colored with silver imprinted ink for the titles with two full color pictures on the front and back. Each of the 192 pages are in full color and printed on matte (non-glossy) pages. Everything about it emphasizes the "novel" in graphic novel. Very well made and immensely collectible.

It's clear that this is only one in a series from Lepp, but what a start! One of the best graphic novels to come out in a long time and highly recommended.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
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So, this stranger appears at a small prairie farm and helps the family. But, an evil from the stranger's past is dogging him and puts everyone at risk. The kid in the family has a conflicted attitude toward the stranger. Every one has to step up, and it's suddenly not clear how good the good guys are. Sound familiar? It sure does, but what Lepp does with this staple formula is impressive. It sneaks up on you and gets into your head a little.

MILD SPOILER. Of course, the Rocket Boy is the stranger. The past is a vaguely described, because vaguely remembered, war. We aren't in the Old West. Rather, the odd and dated feel of the narrative owes a lot to the "oil and electric battery"-punk feel of the technology. The overall look of this project is very World War I - beiges and browns and mustard yellows - slightly old-fashioned, bordering on austere.

There is minimal dialogue, but the story is crystal clear. The drawing is very expressive, and the development of the story is patient and economical. But, even with just a bit of dialogue, a touch of monologuing, and a crisp drawing style the story builds up real momentum and interest never flags.

This is the first volume in a trilogy, (now planned, I understand, to encompass four volumes), and if desolation and a sense of gathering threat whets your interest, then this is a book worth sampling.
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An incredible example of the graphic novel's uniqueness, "Rust: Visitor in the Field" provides a captivating all-ages tale through impeccable visual story-telling.

In the aftermath of a war involving humans and robots, Roman is a struggling farmer assisted by the mysterious, jetpacked Jet Jones. The story is nowhere near as sci-fi as the premise suggests; it is simple, offers the standard number of twists, and involves quality, meaningful characters. What really brings this story home is the unforgettable artwork.

Like the plot, the art is clear, simple, and the color palette strictly consists of earthly browns and yellows, appropriate for the farm lifestyle depicted. What makes it truly stand out is the beauty of the action choreography: blurred lines, fade effects, and easy readability truly makes for a movie-like experience. Each panel contains a distinct purpose, and the art's effective communication alternately means light dialogue, without sacrificing depth or comprehension.

But as outstanding as the story-telling may be, some of the figure drawings lack consistency, particularly with Roman. It can be overlooked, but it is a flaw that resonates in my mind.

The hardcover itself is beautiful: no dust-jacket, the silver lettering and cover illustrations printed directly on the cover, and thick, matte pages make this an admirable book prior to being read.

Unfortunately, 'Rust' is a series and NOT a standalone book. I couldn't hide my disappointment upon realizing this after flipping the final page, but it excites me to know there are more of these to come. Any and all fans of the comic-book medium should give Rust a chance, and then eagerly await the next book with the rest of us.
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A generation after a world war shrouded in secrecy, Roman Taylor struggles to maintain the family farm as well as his family after the departure of his father. As the country-side fades and decays, a mysterious boy, Jet arrives on the Taylor farm, flying through the air on a rocket pack and fleeing from a devastating war-machine that seems bent on destroying the young boy.

Written and illustrated by Royden Lepp, this graphic novel, the first in a series of four, is a phenomenal introduction to this visual story.

The text and speech of the story is very minimal, and Lepp effectively uses the visual to move the narrative along and convey some very deep emotions.

I came across this book after reading Lepp's "David: The Shepherd Song" (which unfortunately was never completed). I greatly enjoy his artwork, pacing and storytelling.

My only critique of the book is that it's a first of four and unfortunately ends with no resolution and only sets things up for the subsequent books. But the characters and world Lepp have created begs the reader multiple return visits, which promise a rewarding experience for the reader.
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